Racing experiences with a record-setting Le Mans winner

Tom Kristensen will host the Primland Racing Experience in Virgina this August

Tom Kristensen on the racecourse with an Audi R8
Tom Kristensen on the racecourse with an Audi R8

Nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen will be one of the hosts and driving coaches at under-the-radar Virginia hotel Primland this August for its super-exclusive, three-day racing break.

The Primland hotel is set amid Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
The Primland hotel is set amid Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Highlights of the high-octane Primland Racing Experience (August 13-15, $8,500 per person) will include a helicopter trip to the Virginia International Raceway, set amid Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where guests will receive track tutelage from Kristensen and fellow elite endurance driver Harold Primat (expect lessons on handling hairpin turns) before being put in the driving seat of an Audi R8 championship car.

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Once the racecourse has been mastered, the 20 guests will take part in an afternoon karting competition that will pit them against the two pros (Kristensen holds the record for most 24 Hours of Le Mans victories, and for most consecutive wins, having taken six titles in a row), before return helicopter flights to the boutique hotel for a celebratory evening of awards, moonshine cocktails and one of Primland’s signature southern US-style buffets.

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“The Virginia International Raceway is the perfect circuit in the perfect setting,” says Primat, who took part in Le Mans from 2006 to 2012 and has been a driver for Bentley Team HTP. “Tom and I have been racing for years, and we hope to pass on some of the things we have learnt to the guests.”

During downtime, the resort’s 12,000 acres offer a Donald Steel-designed golf course, instructor-led clay shooting sessions, and – for anyone feeling the burn – therapeutic massages and spas.

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